Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AFT Awards: Best Writing for a Drama Series

This is the fourteenth category of the 9th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2014-2015 season. Finalists and semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Writing for a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Ozymandias (Breaking Bad), The Beetle (The Bridge), Hitting the Fan (The Good Wife), Wrong Roads (Justified), A Mouth is a Mouth (Ray Donovan)

Emmy nominees: Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep? (The Americans), Five-O (Better Call Saul), Mother’s Mercy (Game of Thrones), Lost Horizon (Mad Men), Person to Person (Mad Men)

Semi-finalists: Alpine Shepherd Boy (Better Call Saul), Bingo (Better Call Saul), Episode 7 (The Affair), Episode 9 (The Affair), Gladys (The Leftovers), May God Bless and Keep You Always (Parenthood), Rakshasa (The Bridge), Sunny (Ray Donovan), The Captain (Ray Donovan), The Fire Trials (Banshee)

Finalists: Guest (The Leftovers), S U C K (Ray Donovan), If-Then-Else (Person of Interest), Collateral (Justified), Fugitive Number One (Justified)

The nominees:

Main Justice (The Newsroom)
Run (The Newsroom)
The Forecast (Mad Men)
Until You're Blue (Rectify)

Two of the final episodes of HBO’s drama covered so much enticing material. AMC’s period drama wrapped up a whole lot in its most memorable hour of the season, and Sundance’s soft-spoken series was more resounding and unforgettable than ever.

The winner:

The Garveys at the Their Best (The Leftovers) was an emotionally searing and harrowing hour of television that dug deep into all of its characters to flesh them out more fully and vividly during a brighter time.

Next up: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

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